Most Climate Reality branches have developed separate programs that need the help of Climate Reality Leaders – and offer opportunity for impact.
The Africa Branch of the Climate Reality Project has the following projects and campaigns running over the course of 2020, which you are encouraged to support and get involved in.
1. The #BeatPlasticPollution campaign aims to mobilise and inspire Climate Reality Leaders across Africa to take action and raise awareness of the impacts of single-use plastic and sustainable alternatives. Join us in taking action for a plastic-free future! We compiled the #PlasticFreeJuly action toolkit with links to the Coca-Cola petition, sample social media posts and graphics, and template letters for contacting and lobbying influencers. You will be able to continue using the resources and activities listed in the toolkit and after #PlasticFreeJuly has ended. In the coming months, we will be looking for 10 individuals in at least 10 African countries to #LeadonClimate by hosting a presentation on plastic pollution (live or virtually depending on COVID-19 measures in your country) and where possible, a cleanup or plogging drive.
2. Zero Emissions | Omissions aims to amplify the call for a fossil free, low-carbon development future for Africa by engaging with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to publicly commit to 100% renewable energy investments, increase transparency policies on investments, and publish a fossil fuel finance exclusion policy. This is a coalition campaign with 48+ partners, and involves engaging representatives of the AfDB through meetings, formal letters, and outreach for collecting petition signatures. Join us in taking action for a fossil-free future! Use the Zero Emissions|Omissions digital action toolkit to sign and share the petition, and send the letter calling for a fossil fuel finance exclusion policy directly to the AfDB.
3. Sink Our CO2 is the campaign aimed at creating awareness around forest management, restoration, and protection as carbon sinks, and inspiring people to plant and protect trees. Use the digital action toolkit to get started with your actions by signing and sharing the petition to save the Congo Basin Peatlands from oil exploration, and use our exclusive Forest Factsheets and Slide Deck to spread the word about Africa’s forests in your community and networks. In September 2020, the African Branch of Climate Reality will be launching an extensive report on Africa’s forests, where we encourage Climate Reality Leaders to support by contributing to a series of presentations across Africa, and where possible, tree plantings too.
Connect with your Regional Coordinator or Yasmine Luhandjula to stay up to date on activities and events, and keep an eye on our website where we continuously encourage and provide resources for Climate Reality Leaders’ engagement with and participation in each of the campaigns.